Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque


I thought I’d start the year with a bit of Agent Provocateur for no other reason than I’ve been spraying it on for the past three evenings and pulling sceptical faces. I need to get it out of my system.

agent pI have previously reviewed Agent Provocateur EDP and Agent Provocateur Petale Noir, both of which I liked and would definitely wear ( Also very reasonbaly priced!). However, Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque sadly did not deliver anything like the promise that its name suggests. Speaking of suggestive, have you seen the design on the front? I’m clutching my pearls and reaching for the smelling salts.

appa-sampleThe fragrance opens agreeably enough. I rather liked the first couple of seconds, but any longer than that  and I found this plasticly and sickly.  Straight away there’s pear and orchid which gives this a  very synthetic feel. I have yet to find a good orchid scent that doesn’t smell plastic and this is no exception.  After that it gets sweeter, but not in a pretty-petals way, more in an artificial vanilla sort of way.  Note-du-jour jasmine sambac has been switched to “nuclear” and poured in at the end, drowning bystanders.  Honestly,  when did jasmine sambac become government issue in every new mainstream release?- or am I being a grouch? The basenotes purport to be amber and musk, but were finished off by the jasmine sambac in its quest for World Domination.


The verdict on Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque is thus: Guilty of being generic and nothing special.  I sentence it to indefinite exile from my dressing table.  Stick to the earlier AP stuff because they are unsung heroines and deserve serious love. PS if you like the sound of pear and orchid, you can also try Avon Incandessence, because it’s very similar indeed.

 Stockists: Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque is available from The Fragrance Shop and you can find a sample in the Discovery Club Box December edition. I recommend them!  Fab quarterly boxes at only a fiver each.

4 thoughts on “Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque”

  1. I’m so glad I read this because the original Agent Provocateur is one of my all time favourite fragrances, and I might have been tempted to try it, but if I do fancy a change next time I’m fragrance shopping I think I’ll go for Petale Noir instead.

    1. Hello Jane and thank you for dropping by! I must say that I think Petale Noir is a much safer bet than this! I’m definitely a fan. xx

  2. I too like the original AP but I did not have high hopes for this just based on the name and the bizarre ‘intimate gadget’ presentation – trying far too hard to be shocking. Promising so much it is almost bound to be a let down. Thank you for braving this – now I feel i can safely avoid even testing it.

    1. Dear Bee, you are absolutely spot on. It’s a big step away from the quality of previous AP scent and the bottle reminds me of a teenager trying to shock her parents. best wishes Sam

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